Dr. Darlene Ketten
Marine Mammal Hearing
Dr. Darlene Ketten

Dr. Darlene Ketten is a scientist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Biology Department and Harvard Medical School's Department of Otology and Laryngology. Her research focuses on the physical shape and function of the hearing and sound producing organs of all types of animals. Dr. Ketten uses computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to construct three-dimensional images and models of marine and terrestrial animals. She also conducts physical dissections to examine animals at the microscopic level. Dr. Ketten uses these data to better understand what and how animals hear.

Dr. Darlene Ketten
Dr. Darlene Ketten prepares a harbor porpoise for a CT scan. Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

We recently sat down with Dr. Ketten to discuss recent developments in understanding how marine mammals hear.